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Exhibits at the annual SEMA Show can offer some useful indications of what is trending in the automotive aftermarket in a given year. For those who weren’t able to attend and see for themselves, media coverage following the Show often points to some hot items as well. In surveying these sources and conversing with exhibitors, SEMA News observed a few trends worth mentioning for 2017. The following is a brief look at what the editorial team discovered.

Business

  • Exhibits at the annual SEMA Show can offer some useful indications of what is trending in the automotive aftermarket in a given year. For those who weren’t able to attend and see for themselves, media coverage following the Show often points to some hot items as well. In surveying these sources and conversing with exhibitors, SEMA News observed a few trends worth mentioning for 2017. The following is a brief look at what the editorial team discovered.

Business Technology

  • Craig SchmutzlerIt is an interesting fact that articles in the world of print must be written a couple of months in advance of publication. While writing this for the April edition of SEMA News, I sit at my desk, during the first week of January, pondering what is in store for the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) and its members in 2017. As I step into my new role and shoulder new responsibilities, I feel compelled to share our collective vision for the SDC and our commitment to its members.

  • The SEMA Data Co-op has become “data central” for hundreds of specialty parts brands, representing millions of part numbers, and tens of millions of vehicle applications. This directory is designed to guide data users to brands that have successfully undertaken the challenge to manage their product data, and to continue to expand reference as more brands are added to the SDC repository.

Chris Kersting

  • Chris KerstingHere’s the situation: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently considers converting a street car or motorcycle into a race vehicle a violation of the Clean Air Act, and the sale and installation of parts used to convert a vehicle are deemed illegal as well. An amendment to the Clean Air Act, in the form of the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act now pending in Congress, would reverse that EPA position and permanently eliminate any question about the legality of racing conversions.

Events

  • Big MikeSEMA Show week was jam-packed with valuable education sessions, each targeting a different demographic but with the same goal in mind—to help attendees to improve their business operations and run them more efficiently.

  • f150The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit once again showcased a variety of new vehicles we’ll see coming down assembly lines in the next six to 12 months. And while there was a lot of chatter on future trends such as autonomous vehicles and ride sharing at this year’s show, it was the latest sheetmetal and a peek under the hood that everyone wanted to see and touch. With that, here’s what the aftermarket should expect and be gearing up for in the not-too-distant future.

From The Hill

  • burrWhether it’s standing up for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act and your right to convert a street car into a race car used exclusively at the track, pursuing a pro-growth and job-creation agenda or combating counterfeit products, there are many issues facing SEMA members in the nation’s capital.

Government Affairs

  • Maryland Miles TraveledMaryland Miles Traveled Tax: A bill has been introduced to prohibit the state or a local jurisdiction from imposing a vehicle miles-traveled tax or other similar fees, tolls or taxes. The measure would also prohibit the state or a local jurisdiction from requiring the installation of a device in or on a privately owned vehicle to facilitate the reporting of vehicle miles traveled.

Industry News

  • Industry news from SEMA-member companies, including  Bob Cook Sales, Bestop, ProMedia Events & Publishing, National Performance Warehouse and more.

  • ’19 Hyundai Veloster Turbo: Hyundai will continue to make its compact sporty-car entry distinctive. The front should be updated, and the rear appears to have a lower and wider look to it.

    Ford F-150 Hybrid/PHEV: The F-150 will get a hybrid variant in late 2020 in conjunction with a heavily refreshed version of the truck.

    ’18 Dodge Durango SRT: Dodge will introduce a high-performance variant of the Durango using the 6.4L V8 found in a number of other SRT products.

  • For the fifth consecutive year, SEMA News is looking to highlight top-tier talent age 35 and younger in the automotive aftermarket industry.

International

  • Export Success StoryAs the globalization of automotive manufacturing has accelerated in recent decades and U.S.-spec vehicles are now being manufactured and distributed via worldwide supply chains, a side effect has been the emergence of an increasingly affluent consumer class in much of the developing world. This, in turn, presents tremendous growth opportunities for American manufacturers offering goods and services that cater to this rapidly expanding market segment.

Internet

  • Got Pop-UpsGoogle is cracking down on mobile websites that intentionally degrade the web-browsing experience for the rest of us. Beginning in January 2017, the search-engine giant announced plans to push mobile websites down in its search-engine returns if they deliberately harass visitors with bothersome pop-up ads.

New Products

  • Rip Dark LEDThere’s good news for the truck, SUV and off-roading segments. Current SEMA research shows the aftermarket trend lines for all three categories rising. Certainly the renewed strength of these markets was demonstrated at the recent 2016 SEMA Show, where manufacturers introduced an impressive 567 fresh truck, SUV and off-road parts and accessories into the New Products Showcase.

Required Reading

  • Four WheelerTires are especially important because they are the only vehicle components that actually touch the ground. A variety of publications cover the latest tire offerings to help keep consumers and the industry in the loop on new compounds and designs. These publications were among the many that attended the 2016 SEMA Show to document the newest tires available from manufacturers exhibiting at the Show.

Retail Store Review

  • Galpin SpotlightWhen the first Galpin car dealership opened in 1946, the vision was to provide excellent customer service and a unique, impactful buying experience to the greater Los Angeles area. Now, decades later, the Galpin name still encompasses its surrounding community as part of its core identity, but it offers far more to its customers than just a place to buy a new car.

SEMA Heritage

  • SEMA Heritage Surf's UpWell, not really, if you look closely at the Malibu shore in the background. But Eric Rickman’s November 1962 photo shoot of John Wileman and Dave Smith’s ’34 Ford panel truck was riding a wave—sorry, couldn’t resist—of an exploding interest in surf culture. And hot rodding was along for the ride.

SEMA Technology

  • SEMA 2025 and BeyondSEMA’s Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak teamed up with Brett Smith, assistant director of manufacturing, engineering and technology at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), along with his colleagues in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to share their frontline insights and perspectives with SEMA News on advanced vehicle technologies. They reviewed what SEMA members need to know about how those technologies are impacting the continued growth and future of the automotive performance and specialty-equipment industry.